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1 Corinthians

A week later. The apostles - including Thomas - see Jesus and accept the fact that Jesus is physically alive. See Note 1.

[Note: The rebuke in 16:14b may also apply here.]

[20:26] And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. [27] Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and see my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and put it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

[28] Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

[29] Jesus saith unto him, Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

[15:5b] then to the twelve; [See Notes 2 & 3.]

[Editorial comment by John - application to us: We should also accept this fact!]


[30] Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book: [31] but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.



1) The text does not say whether or not Thomas actually touched Jesus. But other people had previously done so. (Example: Matthew 28:9.)

2) 1 Corinthians 15:5b could also be a summary statement, which would include both this and the previous visit (& perhaps other visits not mentioned). The term "the twelve" is being used as a title that signifies the group as a whole, whether or not all the individuals were present. It is also used this way in John 20:24.

3) The idea of using the term "twelve" to represent an entire group was not new. The nation Israel was also described as the "twelve tribes" (Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:30; and elsewhere). But technically, because Joseph received a double-blessing (when Jacob counted Joseph's two sons as though they were his own - Genesis 48:5), there were thirteen tribes!

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Translation: The Holy Bible, 1901 American Standard Version, public domain.

Outline: Dennis Hinks © 1999